UGC asks IGNOU to get accredited itself by NAAC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2018 11:21:24


Staff Reporter,

University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to get accredited itself by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC). As per NAAC guidelines every institution going for inspection should earn at least 3.26 marks, IGNOU is exempted from it, informed Prof Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU while interacting with mediapersons at its Regional Centre here on Sunday.

Pro Nageshwar Rao has lot of experience of open university functioning. Earlier he was with Uttarakhand Open University. He had served as Pro-Vice Chancellor and in-charge Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU. In the form of Prof Nageshwar Rao, IGNOU got first full-time V-C after three years.

Prof Rao said, “Until now there were no parameters about setting rules for the accreditation of distance-learning institutions. Now Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has insisted to have such criterions. The Open and Distance Learning Regulation 2017 has come where quality for open education was addressed. There the need for the accreditation arose. Now will get ourselves accredited by NAAC."

Government has constituted a committee for formatting criterions for accreditation under the Chairmanship of Prof Nageshwar Rao. Accreditation of distance-learning institutions will help in improving distance courses.
After taking charge as V-C the first thing Rao wanted to do was to improve the quality of distance education and he has taken lot of measures. “We have been haunted by questions being raised by people about equivalence of distance learning education to the traditional universities. Accreditation will resolve the problem,” Prof Rao expressed hope.

Prof Rao has opened more gates of the university and invited complaints from students if they have any. The arrangement for receiving the complaints was made through I-gram software. IGNOU received 10,000 complaints on it. “We resolved 90 per cent of the complaints. But exam-related complaints made me introspect. Some complaints were there regarding non-receipt of study material. Now we have provided students the choice of opting study material on-line. Such students will be given 15% discount,” informed Prof Rao.
Right now IGNOU has 33 lakh students and 6 lakh students added every year to its fold. IGNOU is doing lot of innovations to attract the students of all strata. Nagpur Regional Centre has already reached Gadchiroli, Wardha, Yavatmal and other places so that deprived class should get to study.

“From next session our BA, B.Com and B.Sc will be run on semester-basis and in Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) format. IGNOU will also be tying up with Ministry of Health to run courses on health,” pointed out Prof Rao. Dr P Sivaswaroop, Regional Director of Nagpur Regional Centre, IGNOU was also present at the press conference.